Potager Articile #10

It has been a busy two months in my potager garden.  Even as difficult as this year has been, I’m so excited about these next few months.  My goal with this potager garden is that it will truly be a year round garden with crops being harvested every month.   As little as it seems that I was able to accomplish this year, I’m seeing my garden come alive more and more every day.  My garden is not slowing down at all!  In fact it feels just like its early spring and I’m rushing to get seeds in the ground before it’s “too late”.   I continue to harvest and plant onion sets, today I planted my first set of onion seeds, and I will be planting green beans tomorrow.  The idea is that by planting the seeds now, the seeds will start growing their root base and then as the spring temperatures and light grows longer; I will have a late spring harvest of onions and beans.  I will plant again in the spring for a summer harvest and then plant again late summer for a fall harvest as well.   I will then plant again in the fall, starting the process all over.  These crops do not need to be covered with a frost blanket or row cover but I will put about a 2 inch layer of leaf mulch over them so that the nutrients will be carried down into the soil over the winter,  giving the soil a much needed supplement.

I am continuing to grow radishes in my raised feeder bed and I will continue to plant seeds as long as the soil is workable and the plants continue to grow.  I want to see how long into the winter I can go and the plants continue to grow, when they start to slow down and if they start growing again in the spring.  For this bed, I have a new row cover that is not as tall as last year and the fabric is made of material that is made for the winter months.  What I’m hoping to see is continual growth throughout the winter with very little interruption.

The cold frame that I built didn’t work out like I expected and I decided to purchase an inexpensive one so that I didn’t have a lot invested if I decide not to use them.   I will have it together and lettuce planted in it before the end of this week.   My thoughts are that the cold frame will provide a warmer soil temperature for the lettuce and spinach that I want to plant in it, giving me a better outcome.   I will need to get a thermometer to put into the cold frame as they can get overheated and burn your plants.

I have one other bed that I will be using this winter.  I will put a row cover over this one because I’m going to try cabbage and carrots in this bed.  These two crops are considered cold weather crops and should do well.  I have saved several milk jugs and will be using them along with the row cover for the cabbages to see if this brings the soil to a temperature that will encourage the cabbages to continue growing over the winter.  In his book; “Four-Season Harvest”, Mr. Elliot Coleman says that with every layer of cover you put over the plants it changes the growing zone by one layer.  For me,  being in zone 6, by using the row cover it should change the climate inside of the row cover to a zone 7 and if I use the milk jug over the individual cabbages, that should take the climate within the milk jug to a zone 8.  He recommends not using more than two layers as any more layers will reduce the light too much and the plants won’t grow at all. I can’t wait to try this and see what happens.

The last crop that I am currently harvesting right now is the leaves from the trees in my yard.  I will gather them up, mulch them, spread them over the flower beds, and fill the compost bin for next fall.  The leaves that I gathered in the spring are now deep brown, nutrient rich mulch that I’m putting over the vegetable beds.  For so long I have pictured this garden in my mind that it is tough to step back in this moment and see how far it’s come.  Yes, there’s a long way to go before it looks exactly like what’s in my mind, however, it’s a start and it’s working.


A series of articles presented by Candy Horton, an OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

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Elizabeth Share

Elizabeth Share, MS, Assoc. PAS
Extension Specialist, 4-H/Youth Development

Livestock and Food Animal Programs
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences
222 Animal Sciences Bldg, 2029 Fyffe Ct, Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-0589 Office

Congratulations to Margaret Jenkins – National Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator of the Year!

Margaret was recognized last week in Providence, Rhode Island at the Annual Session of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS). This annual award is given to only one FCS educator in the nation who is conducting outstanding educational programs that demonstrate impact on families and who has continued professional development activities and involvement.

Margaret is FCS Educator in Clermont County and has been in this role with OSU Extension since 2006. Her work encompasses leadership development, health/wellness, and financial security. She has expertise building coalitions in diverse settings with both youth/adults, championing the motto Better Lives. Stronger Communities. She is committed to working locally, statewide, and nationally to promote Family and Consumer Sciences as a timely, valuable, and significant profession.

4-H Club and FFA Fair Passes and Premiums

Fair pass order forms are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12.

You may drop off order forms in person to OSUE or scan/email to burdsall.9@osu.edu. Head Advisors must complete the fair pass order form and attach their club roster, with the names of club members and adult volunteers who are eligible for a fair pass. Please mark out the names of any individuals who have not met the minimum requirements. Once your roster is confirmed, the Clermont County Ag Society (aka Senior Fair Board) will prepare your passes.

You will be notified when they are ready for pick up at the Senior Fair Board office. Office hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fair passes must be picked up by an adult advisor, not a youth. Payment will be due at the time of pass pick-up. Please make checks payable to the “Clermont County Ag Society.”

Fair Pass Order Form

Junior Fair exhibitors are eligible to earn premiums for the completion of their 4-H projects. Each project exhibited at the Clermont County Fair is worth $2, with each member earning a maximum of $6. Head Advisors should complete and return the premium form to the Extension Office by Monday of the fair week (July 25).

Junior Fair Premium Form

Junior Fair Animal Leasing Information

4-H & FFA Animal Lease Guidelines

These leases are required to be in place 60 days prior to exhibition and go until the completion of the project for 4-H and FFA. Clermont County leases are due by the 2nd Saturday in May during livestock tag-in or to the Extension Office. These leases outline rules for both the lessee and lessor as well as asking for animal description. These lease agreements are required at minimum; however, counties can add to them (i.e., vet contact info, transportation agreement, etc.).

Leasing Statement as approved 2022

“An animal cannot be leased to more than one youth per project year and may only be exhibited by the lessee in any junior exhibition, including at the Ohio State Fair.” 

*You may refer to this as the 1-1-1 rule which means: one exhibitor, one animal, one county.

The verbiage on the lease agreement is required at a minimum. The verbiage/leasing rules were drafted by Ohio 4-H specifically through Elizabeth Share, MS (Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development Livestock and Food Animal Programs) and approved by ODA.


As a reminder: Leasing MARKET animals for youth exhibition projects is NOT permitted under any circumstances.

Sample Dairy Lease Form    Goat & Dairy Cattle

Sample Breeding Animal Lease Form    Beef, Swine (OSF Only), Boer Goat, Sheep, & Alpaca/Llama

ALL Leases are due by MAY 13TH!!!

Clermont County Junior Fair Tag In Update!!!

Market Hogs, Breeding Ewes and Meat Breeding Goats will NOT be coming to tag-in on May 13th at the Clermont County Fairgrounds.

All sheep and goats will use scrapie tags as identification and do not need to be tagged otherwise. Exhibitors will tag their own market hogs this year. Be sure to use a tagger meant for RFID tags. RFID tags will be available through your 4-H Advisor or FFA Teacher.

Feeder calves, breeding heifers, market sheep and market goats are all required to come to the Clermont County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 13th for tag-in from 8:00am to 10:00am.

All of these animals must be registered in FairEntry prior to the tag-in date. More information coming on this process from Junior Fair Board.